• Jerome Jesse Berry was born in Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi USA, on 7 August 193•
• He was an only child and interested in activities like playing soccer and running track in high school.
• He was a porter and bus driver and became physically abusive, which led to his divorce from Judith Ann Hawkins in 1970.
• He was a fan of sports, movies, and enjoyed going for long walks and smoking marijuana.
• His daughter Halle Berry is a famous actress who has won 50 awards, including a 2002 Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.


Who was Jerome Jesse Berry?

Jerome was born in Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi USA, on 7 August 1934 – his zodiac sign was Leo, and he held American nationality. He was a porter and bus driver, while he’s probably still remembered as his daughter is famous actress Halle Berry.

Early life and education

Jerome was raised in Clarksdale as an only child, by his father Robert ‘Bob’ Berry and mother Cora Lee Powell; not a lot is known about his parents, as Jerome respected their privacy, but it’s believed that they were both manual workers.

Jerome studied at a local high school in Clarksdale, and was interested in a couple of activities during his four years there, including playing soccer with his friends and running track. He was perhaps mostly interested in acting, appearing in a couple of plays performed at the school, but was never able to pursue it as a career.

Upon matriculating in 1952, Jerome didn’t enroll at college, but found work to financially support himself.

Jerome’s career

Jerome worked a couple of jobs, including being a porter and a hospital attendant at a psychiatric institution in Cleveland.

His final job was being a bus driver.

Love life and death

Jerome’s first girlfriend was non-celebrity American Edwina Taylor, who broke up with him for unknown reasons.

He met Judith Ann Hawkins in the mid-‘50s, while she was working as a nurse at a psychiatric hospital; Judith gave birth to their daughter Heidi on 8 December 1958, the two exchanged vows on 3 March 1964, in a small ceremony attended by only a couple of their closest family members. and their second daughter Halle followed on 14 August 1966. Judith and Jerome divorced in 1970, and their daughter Halle has stated that this was because Jerome was physically abusive; the girls were then raised solely by their mother.

Jerome went on to reunite with his former girlfriend Edwina, and they married; she gave birth to their daughter Renee Berry.

Jerome’s death records state that he and Edwina divorced before he died on 24 January 2003, aged 68; he passed away from complications caused by Parkinson’s disease, and was buried in Cleveland Memorial Gardens.

Hobbies and other interests

Jerome was a hard-working man, and most of the time worked several jobs to be able to provide for him and his family. He had little spare time, and enjoyed spending it by going on long walks.

He enjoyed smoking marijuana, and was once arrested for a minor marijuana offense.

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Jerome occasionally played tennis and table tennis with his friends.

He enjoyed watching National Football League (NFL) games with his friends, but was also a fan of other sports, including Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Hockey League (NHL).

Jerome became passionate about movies only after his daughter had made her way up in the film industry; his favorite actor and actress were Clint Eastwood and  Meryl Streep, while a couple of his favorite movies were “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly”, “Dirty Harry” and “The Bridges of Madison County”.

Eyes, height and net worth

Jerome had short brown hair and brown eyes, his height was 5ft 10ins (1.8m) and he weighed around 165lbs (75kgs).

At the time of his death, Jerome’s net worth was estimated at over $10,000, while his daughter Halle’s net worth today stands at more than $90 million.

Who is his daughter Halle?

Halle Maria Berry’s zodiac sign is Leo, and she holds American nationality. She’s appeared in more than 60 movies and TV series, while she’s perhaps still known best for her portrayal of the main character Patience Phillips aka Catwoman in the 2004 action crime fantasy movie “Catwoman”. It was directed by Pitof, also starred Sharon Stone and Benjamin Bratt, and follows a shy woman with the senses of a cat, who’s torn between being a criminal or a hero; the movie won 13 of the 21 award for which it was nominated.

Halle was raised in Oakwood, Ohio and studied at Bedford High School; she was highly active during her four years there, as she was crowned prom queen, edited the school newspaper and was a cheerleader. She began working at Higbee’s Department store when she was 16, wanting to help her mother financially. Upon matriculating in 1984, Halle enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College, in the following year became Miss Teen All American, in 1986 Miss Ohio USA, and finished second in the 1986 Miss USA beauty pageant. Halle graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1988.

She moved to New York City in 1989, wanting to pursue an acting career, and made her debut TV series appearance in the same year, playing Emily Franklin in 12 episodes of the comedy “Living Dolls”.

She became popular following her portrayal of Cory in the critically acclaimed 1991 action crime comedy movie “The Last Boy Scout”, directed by Tony Scott, and which starred Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans and Chelsea Field. It follows a private detective who’s investigating the murder of his protected witness together with her boyfriend; the movie was nominated for two awards. A couple of Halle’s notable performances in the remainder of the ‘90s were in the 1992 romantic comedy movie “Boomerang”, the 1994 family fantasy comedy film “The Flintstones”, and the 1998 comedy movie “Welcome to Hollywood”.

She played Ororo Munroe aka Storm in the hit 2000 action adventure science fiction movie “X-Men”, and in 2003 starred as Miranda Grey in the mystery horror thriller “Gothika”, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, and which also starred Penelope Cruz and Robert Downey Jr. It follows a psychiatrist who worked at an asylum, and has now awoken there as a patient, without knowing how she got there; the movie won three of the seven awards for which it was nominated.

Halle voiced Cappy in the popular 2005 animated adventure comedy movie “Robots”, and played Audrey Burke in the 2007 drama film “Things We Lost in the Fire”.

What marked the 2010s for her were her roles in the 2012 mystery science fiction movie “Cloud Atlas”, the 2014 action science fiction adventure film “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, and the 2017 action adventure comedy movie “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”. Most recently, in 2022, she played Jocinda Fowler in the action science fiction adventure “Moonfall”.

Halle has won 50 awards, including a 2002 Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her performance in “Monster’s Ball”, and she’s been nominated for 90 other awards.

On 1 January 1993, Halle married American professional basketball player David Justice, but they separated in February 1996, and divorced on 24 June 1997. She married American singer-songwriter and actor Eric Benet Jordan on 24 January 2001 – they split in 2003 and divorced on 3 January 2005. Halle gave birth to her and Canadian model Gabriel Aubry’s daughter in March 2008, but she and Gabriel split in 2010. She married her third husband, French actor Olivier Martinez on 13 July 2013, and in October of the same year gave birth to their son; Halle and Olivier’s divorce was reported to had been finalized in December 2016, but it was revealed in November 2020 that the case was still open. She’s now in a relationship with American singer/songwriter/musician Van Hunt.

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